Why P90X is Still One of the Best Home Fitness Programs Around

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I think almost everyone has heard of P90X by now.

When it launched in 2003, it became a home workout phenomenon. The program was created by personal (and celebrity) fitness trainer, Tony Horton.

Why did it become so popular? In my opinion, it stood out among all of the other home fitness workouts that were available.

Not only that but people were getting results. Look at this example video below. Keep in mind this is only one example. There are TONS of them on YouTube:

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Roku Beachbody On Demand – Streaming Fitness Everywhere

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Streaming fitness videos is becoming an increasingly popular way to workout. Even in our household, we stream tons of movies and television shows using Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. If you have a smart TV, Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV Stick, or other streaming device, you can stream movies, TV shows, and now popular fitness programs using Beachbody On Demand.

What is Beachbody On Demand?

If you aren't familiar with Beachbody workouts, they have produced some of the top-selling fitness programs on DVD to include:

  • P90X, P90X2, P90X3
  • Insanity
  • TurboFire
  • Brazil Butt Lift
  • Focus T25
  • Body Beast
  • and many more

Previously, these fitness programs were only available on DVD. It is still a great idea to have copies of the DVDs that you enjoy using the most for travel purposes. However, most places offer free WiFi so working out on the road is easier than ever.

You can sample Beachbody On Demand by signing up for a free Team Beachbody account. If you enjoy streaming the workouts, you can upgrade to a premium membership. The perks of upgrading include:

  • New programs and workouts every month! The Beachbody On Demand Member Library is updated with fresh content and different programs, so you never run out of on-the-go options.
  • Sample New and Noteworthy workouts from some of our hottest DVD programs that aren't in the Member Library, so you can find the right fit before committing to getting the best possible results.
  • 10% discount on all Team Beachbody purchases including Shakeology®.
  • Personalize meal plans for your goals.

The Beachbody On Demand digital program will only cost you the price of a Team Beachbody Club membership—a risk-free cost of $2.99 a week, billed $38.87 quarterly. (And you can cancel any time in the first 30 days for a full refund.)

Beachbody On Demand streaming works on devices such as the Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast, and Apple TV.

I think it is awesome that Beachbody offers their programs for streaming. It is super convenient to have their workouts available at the touch of a button. You can try them out, mix them up, or stick with one for 60 or 90 days to get great results.

Start your trial today by clicking here.


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Where to Stream Exercise Videos – Alternatives to Netflix

I'm a huge fan of streaming video as most people are. We have so many options to stream entertainment such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, HBO GO, and more.

There is almost no need to pay for a separate cable bill. Years ago, Netflix streamed fitness videos but have since stopped that feature due to some type of licensing issues and it has never returned.

Quite a bummer for those who liked the convenience of working out at home.

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Do This to Overcome the Hardest Part of Working Out

Do you know what the hardest part of working out is? It's not the lack of the time. It's not figuring out which workout to do. The hardest part is:

STARTING!

I have had the hardest time starting to exercise more than anything else. However, once I get going, I am feeling good and want to do more. Yet, actually starting is like pulling teeth for me. Here's why, and I'm sure some of you can relate. I work 40 hour weeks like the average person.

I'm in a cubicle for 8 hours a day and by the time I get home, my motivation and energy levels have dropped very low. Sometimes I feel like I have to dig really deep to build up a speck of motivation that is enough to want to workout. Even when my spouse tries to motivate me, I can't seem to get myself moving.

Part of me wants to workout every day because after sitting for 8 hours daily, I know that I need to move my body. I've decided that on the days that I absolutely don't feel like working out, I need to come up with ways that will sort of force me to get started. Getting started is the hardest part. Once I start doing a routine whether it is HIIT, lifting weights, or yoga, I want to keep going and even push myself harder.

Reasons I Make for Not Starting to Exercise

  • I'm tired!
  • I'm mentally drained from work
  • I'll work out tomorrow - promise.

As you can see, the reasons above are weak. At the end of the day, I do feel drained and exhausted from the day. I can imagine people with more hectic schedules feeling the same if not worse. A couple of my co-workers struggle with the same issues. After a full day of work, they go home to their family which means kid's soccer practices, Girl Scouts, and more.

There doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day. However, we can eek out at least 30 to 45 minutes a day for ourselves by turning off the tv and the computers. It can be done. So below are ways to just START. Believe me, it can be a struggle, but we can do it!

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Make Sure You Have Variety in Your Workouts

Do anything and everything you like to do when it comes to physical activity. If that means surfing, riding your bicycle, walking, whatever — add any and all to your options for fitness. As for me, I become bored quickly if I get stuck doing the same workout all the time. I don't have a gym membership so I need a variety of home fitness dvds in my fitness library.

I also follow a few personal trainers on YouTube that put out consistent information on health and fitness as well as new workouts. Some of my favorites include:

Check out a motivating (and humorous) workout from Tony Horton's channel:

Do Just 5 Reps of Anything

This is important for me. Getting started is the hardest part right? Do you realize that it is all mental? You tell yourself you're tired, exhausted, don't have time, etc. Pick one exercise: squats, dumbbell curls, push-ups — and do just 5 reps.

Notice how you feel after that. You did them no problem, right? That means you can do more and 90% of the time just doing 5 reps is what gets me started. I took action and broke that mental barrier of excuses. Once I've started I pick out a workout to jump into.

Note: Always have some go-to workouts you enjoy doing for days you are really struggling to get started. After you do your 5 reps, you can go right into a workout.

Set a Goal with a Horrible Consequence

I picked this up from an article I read years ago in which someone had a goal of losing weight. While setting his weight loss goal, he also put into place a consequence if his goal wasn't met. If he did not achieve his weight loss goal, he had to send a donation to an organization he disliked and would never support.

See how that works? If you did the same or something similar, the chances are much greater you would stick to your goal or deal with giving away your hard earned cash to something you dislike (or whatever consequence you choose.)

Lastly, find your motivation wherever you can. Maybe you admire someone who always has a positive attitude and is passionate about health and fitness. Tony Horton is one of my motivators.

Or maybe you know someone like yourself who turned things around in their life. Plenty of people went from couch potato to fitness lovers and struggled along the way; learn from them.

You can break the mental barriers and get started exercising every day!

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25 Minute Exercise Routine – Focus T25 Eliminates Time Excuse

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Is it possible to get a full-body workout in such a short period of time? The answer to this is a resounding yes. You can do so through the use of circuit training, interval training, or some calisthenics. Team Beachbody has released a new fitness program created by fitness expert Shaun T. It is called Focus T25 and you guessed it, it is based on 25 minute workouts. The workouts are intense but you get in a good workout in very little time. Lack of time is one of the biggest excuses for not exercising.

Focus T25 Overview

Shaun T. spent a year experimenting to create a program that provides the same kind of results you'd expect from an hour long program. The FOCUS T25 program includes:

ALPHA Cycle 25-Minute Workouts:

  • Cardio. 25 minutes of calorie-burning, sweat-drenching cardio.
  • Speed 1.0. Ignite your quickness. Burn the fat. Fast-paced for fast results.
  • Total Body Circuit. Focus on strength and resistance—without lifting a single weight.
  • Ab Intervals. Cardio and ab intervals that shred the fat from your midsection.
  • Lower Focus. Focus on your lower-body muscles—the key to burning fat and kicking up your metabolism.

BETA Cycle 25-Minute Workouts:

  • Core Cardio. Get your sweat on! This progressive cardio-core workout is about you getting shredded fast.
  • Speed 2.0. Rev it up with Shaun's calorie-scorching, core-focused speed drills.
  • Rip't Circuit. Cardio...upper body...legs...abs...repeat! This is how you get ripped in 25 minutes.
  • Dynamic Core. You'll go from vertical to horizontal and back again in this dynamic, crazy core routine.
  • Upper Focus. Shaun will help you develop the upper body of your dreams. All you have to do is FOCUS.

    I think fitness programs like these are great because time can be so limited between work, family time, and social activities. There really is no excuse to fit in exercise, especially just 25 minutes worth. While using a program like the above isn't necessary, it can be extremely useful for those who want a program that is easy to follow and gets the job done in a short amount of time.

    If Focus T25 interests you, Team Beachbody offers a 30 day money back guarantee.

    Click here to visit the official Team Beachbody online store.